The Mother’s Day and Father’s Day holidays are special days that remind us to pause and think intentionally about the parent figures in our lives, whether they are still with us or have since passed. Everyone chooses to celebrate differently because everyone has a different relationship with their parents and a different style of celebration.
No matter how you choose to acknowledge these days, there are no wrong answers! But in case you were hoping to try something new this year or surprise a loved one with something extra special, keep reading for some ideas that could offer you inspiration this year!
Give the gift of something to look forward to.
Since Mother’s Day and Father’s day is just one day out of the year each, you aren’t obligated to limit the celebration to this day only. Instead, spent time with your aging mother or father on this, but also give them a gift of something they can look forward to doing in the future. For mom, maybe this is a little relaxation or pampering. It could even be a dinner at her favorite restaurant. For Dad, consider whether he needs a shopping trip to replenish some tools or items for a hobby. Especially for aging seniors who can’t get around easily, the other to take them someplace they need to go on a date of their choosing is a thoughtful gift.
Show love and honor for a parent.
Most simply, parents want to feel loved and honored on their special day. And this can take many forms! Consider what means the most to your mom or dad. During their life what has made them feel special and appreciated? Maybe you even do something nostalgic to show them that you remember an experience from years ago that meant a lot to you both. Flowers, a small gift, a thoughtful card, a framed photo, or even a video collage of family and friends will remind them how special they are in your life and the lives of everyone they know.
Make your company the ultimate gift of love.
As we get older, we don’t need much to add value and meaning to our lives. Rather, it’s the time we spend with other people and the conversations we have that are the lasting memories we collect over the years. Before you stress over what material item to gift your mother or father on one of these holidays, consider first how you might gift them your time and company. Dedicate that day to doing some activities they enjoy. Make or take them their favorite meal or dessert. And simply relax together with no agenda other than listening to one another and reminiscing over all the good times that have been shared together over the years.
Enjoy an ongoing celebration.
And the best way to honor mom or dad is to show them that this is just one day of national celebration, but you love them year-round. Plan out a special activity to look forward to each month during the year, and commit to spending that time with them. Switch things up with the season and try some new experiences. This will ensure you’re visiting on a regular basis, making new memories together, and not letting too much time pass without seeing one another. It’s truly a gift for everyone!
How do you plan to honor your parents for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day this year? Is there a fun family tradition you follow, or do you plan to try something new this year?
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